I'll like to introduce you to something good today. In fact, if you work around Marina Bay area, this is probably the best news you'll hear this week, if you haven't heard about it already. There's a new lunch delivery service called GRAIN which makes healthy, tasty, gourmet lunches delivered to you in less than 15 minutes (their record was 2 mins). How incredible is that?
I've had the pleasure to try out 2 of their daily lunch boxes last week. By the way, they've already served more than 5,000 meals and was featured on SoShiok, Tech in Asia and the Business Times.
Everything is packed nicely for you, and I like that the packaging also contains nutritional information about what you are having! That makes counting calories so much easier. It's a pity both meals were just slightly over the 500-calorie limit, or they could have been in the HPB Healthier Dining Programme.
There was no doubt in my mind that they are healthy though. Just look at how fresh the ingredients are!
The Hickory Smoked Chicken with orange couscous is made with chicken, couscous, tomatoes, orange juice, french beans, portobello, button mushroom, shimeiji mushroom, capsicum, olive oil, peanut, basil, parsley, red wine vinegar, sugar and salt. Phew! It has 558 calories, 12g of fat, 39g of protein and 72g of carbs. Not bad for a huge portion!
FYI from this site:
The reference value for fat for an average adult is 70 grams.
The reference value for protein for an average adult is 50 grams.
The reference value for carbohydrates (both complex and simple) for an average adult is 310 grams.
It was really tasty. I loved the exploding tomatoes, which was confit for 4 hours. The couscous was light and not too dry, and a perfect replacement for your typical white rice (too processed!) The chicken itself was tender and juicy, though I had preferred if the chicken was breast meat as it had a stronger chicken taste which I am not a total fan of.
Next was the asparagus risotto with seared scallops. There's brown, white and black rice, milk, parmesan, water chestnuts, spinach, onion and salt in there. It has lower calories at 537 calories, 5g of fat, 25g of protein and 98g of carbs.
I really enjoyed the asparagus risotto, so much so I finished the whole box, while eating half of the Smoked Chicken! The scallops were juicy and sweet with their goodness. The risotto (Western porridge!) was not too creamy or overly salted, though the asparagus taste can come out more. The french beans were quite shriveled up too, come to think of it. I might have preferred if it was long beans instead. Still, overall it was a satisfying lunch that was healthy, tasty and fun.
Like I said, I'll definitely for you to order on www.grain.com.sg if you are in the Marina Bay area. For those less fortunate, write in to them and they might consider serving the area if the demand gets stronger. Kallang folks anyone?
I'm also giving a special code for my readers because you guys are awesome, and Grain folks are awesome. This code will be live for a limited time only so get your lunch orders in soon!